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Scholars have generally assumed that courts in authoritarian states are pawns of their regimes, upholding the interests of governing elites and frustrating the efforts of their opponents. As a result, nearly all studies in comparative judicial politics have focused on democratic and democratizing countries. This volume brings together leading scholars in comparative judicial politics to consider the causes and consequences of judicial empowerment in authoritarian states. It demonstrates the wide range of governance tasks that courts perform, as well as the way in which courts can serve as critical sites of contention both among the ruling elite and between regimes and their citizens. Drawing on empirical and theoretical insights from every major region of the world, this volume advances our understanding of judicial politics in authoritarian regimes.


"...succinct but authoritative...This convincing assessment is therefore an incredibly important contribution to the literature in a rather neglected subject."
--ASIL UN21 Interest Group Newsletter [ISSUE #39: May 2009]

"...students of law and society, comparative politics, and regime transition will value the book for both its breadth and detail."
CHOICE, J.D. Marshall, Carthage College

"Every chapter of this book makes an analytically sophisticated argument about authoritarianism and law. Since more than half of all states can be characterized as authoritarian or semiauthoritarian, this volume provides frames of analysis and empirical examples that can stimulate and guide future research, and move the study of judicial politics in exciting new directions.
Perspectives on Politics, Lisa Hajjar, University of California- Santa Barbara

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